What the New York Subway System Looked Like in the 70’s & 80’s


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Source: Martha Cooper

By the looks of it today, you wouldn’t be able to tell that New York City’s subway system was once one of the most dangerous in the world. With an average 250 felonies committed each week, the subway became a dark and dangerous bulls-eye for crime. Record-high homicides and a drug epidemic plagued the inside while outside the subway cars were camouflaged in graffiti.

Here’s a flashback to the horrors of a subway commute in the 70’s & 80’s.


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